Many years ago a wise woman asked, “Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods?” I’m not sure she ever got an answer, but the concept got some serious radio play.
Though I feel that the term hero is applied much too liberally in this age (particularly in the press), I do find myself looking for a new hero every time I turn on the TV. Maybe I was groomed for the hero expectations, having grown up watching Spidey, Wonder Woman, and the Hulk. Regardless of how the interest started, the comic book/gaming hero character is one of my favorites. Though, unlike Wonder Woman, now we see figures behaving heroically in fiction are more reluctant than gung-ho.
Is this an improvement on an old trope? Maybe it reflects our need for a more realistic approach to righting the wrongs and overcoming adversity. Black & white, pure & evil, moral & immoral these absolutes are just as fictional as the heroes and villains who bore their mantles. In the absence of clearly defined rules, we create heroes in entertainment that evolve in the grey area.
Let’s get together for an informal writing exercise to explore the theme of the hero. It doesn’t need to be a comic book hero with super powers and a cape (NO CAPE!), if you look to heroes who are everyday people that run into danger to offer aid and safety we want to read about them too.
There will be no voting poll or submission form, just record whatever comes to you in your own personal blog or journal and share a link to it in the comments below this original wordpress post.
Let’s make 2016 the year of more writing…maybe even your best writing. #writethis